I recently hosted a Halloween-themed bridal shower for my youngest cousin. I love a good theme, especially one I can fully get behind — like Halloween! Picking out the decorations, and looking for ways to incorporate fun little extras, I spent a lot of time planning for ways to keep this bridal shower from feeling hokey, but still being well-themed for the spooky season. Keep reading to see how I brought it all together and to get some ideas for any Halloween bridal shower you plan on hosting.
Halloween Bridal Shower Invitations
Using Canva, I designed this spooky bridal shower invitation playing off of the line “‘til death do us part” from traditional wedding vows. I knew I’d be incorporating lots of old and antique serveware and furniture, so I opted for a stock image of a Victorian bride. I blew up the image and cropped her face for some mysterious and ghostly vibes.
Adding a creepy moon and bat silhouette carried the theme from the invitation to the envelope exterior. I ordered them from Vistaprint. The quality was great and I opted for a fast turnaround since I got a little bit of a late start getting the invites out.
Halloween Bridal Shower Food
The star of the show was definitely the spooky skeleton charcuterie board. They’re all over social media this year and they’re the perfect way to have fun with your meat and cheese board. I wanted mine to look very organic, so I opted to just have him on a wood plank with the board contents spilling out towards the ends of the table. Everyone loved it! I add meat and cheese knives to make him look like he took a few pokes in a knife fight.
My charcuterie board contents came almost exclusively from Aldi. If you have not shopped their meat and cheese sections, you are missing out! Great prices and great quality. My favorite was the Champagne Cheddar Cheese.
I wanted all of the foods I used to be easy to make and assemble, as well as easy for guests to serve themselves. I opted for a variety of finger foods including:
- Bite-size chicken and waffles
- Bruschetta and avocado toast bites
- Cucumber bites
- Deviled Eggs
- Litlle sausages with grape jelly chili sauce
- Broccoli Salad
- Fruit salad cups using the Pioneer Woman’s fruit salad recipe
- Bacon wrapped tater tots
For dessert, I served a Publix cake. The bride prefers vanilla but gave me free rein beyond that. We had a vanilla cake with cream cheese icing and strawberry filling. The topper was a figurine that came from Michael’s. It was perfect for the theme!
Halloween Bridal Shower Entertainment
I’ll say it: I’m not a huge fan of bridal/baby shower games. They just aren’t my thing, and thankfully my cousin felt the same way. However, I did want some sort of entertainment. On a previous bachelorette weekend, the entire group went to a psychic for palm readings and we had so much fun. I thought something in this realm would be a super fun way to bring some fun and levity to the party without the party feeling like a haunted house. My friend Cathy recommended Whitney at Starland Alchemy for tarot card readings. I set up the sunroom on my back porch for some privacy and guests visited Whitney for five-minute tarot card readings.
Everyone loved this! Guests were impressed with Whitney’s intuition and the most common feedback was how personable she was. If you are in the Savannah area, definitely check out Starland Alchemy for tarot readings.
Halloween Bridal Shower Decorations
My decoration strategy was to use a few well-selected items to bring the Halloween theme home. I didn’t want to invest a ton of money in cheap decorations that I may never use again, so I opted for some inexpensive options that would provide a lot of “bang” for my buck.
I feel like how you serve your food can really set the tone for a shower. This set of disposable dinnerware had the polished look of china with the ease of plasticware. (It’s not like I have a lot of black table settings lying around, unfortunately.) Cleanup was super easy. It comes in several colors to fit any theme! I especially love the blue set.
Not much to say about these, except they worked perfectly! A very small amount of assembly is required.
These plastic bats die cuts have a lot of impact for very little money! I have stuck clusters of these all over my house and I absolutely love them. I used painter’s tape to adhere them to my white walls, and so far, there are no spots left behind! You can place them on top of mirrors, picture frames, and the ceiling. The possibilities are endless!
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of spider webbing and fake spiders I received in this package. There is more than plenty to use inside and out. Again, tons of impact for very little investment!
Is it Halloween without a plastic skeleton? The price point on this guy is perfect. He was the star of the show in a trendy twist this year— he served as the centerpiece of the table in a spooky charcuterie board!
This is one of the items I am most excited about! I was fortunate to inherit a large cast-iron cauldron from my grandparents. (Are we real witches? I’ll never tell.) I used it in the fireplace with this small fog machine running for some spooky ambiance. I also considered a haunted punchbowl or having it run beneath my buffet for some spooky floor fog.
These glass test tubes with cork stoppers were EXACTLY what I needed for guest favors. I filled the bottom with dried lavender and poured bath salts I’d scented with essential oil to the top. I used black wax seal sticks to drip over the top to make them look like old potions! They fit the theme perfectly.
Coming up with Halloween bridal shower ideas to celebrate my cousin and her upcoming marriage provided plenty of opportunities for me to get creative. My goal was to provide some levity during the last few stressful weeks leading up to the wedding. I hope this post inspires you with some Halloween bridal shower ideas of your own. If you enjoyed this, check out my post on charcuterie board basics.